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Queens of Geek Jen Wilde

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Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

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When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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“This is it, you guys,” I say as we approach. “Everything we’ve always dreamed about. This is our Holy Grail.”

Charlie, Jamie and I stand before it side by side, tears in our eyes as we admire its indescribable beauty.

“Our Disneyland,” Charlie adds.

Jamie nods. “Our Graceland. I can’t believe we’re actually here.”

We each take in a deep breath.

“Are we truly worthy of so much awesome?” I ask.

Charlie takes a brave step forward. “Yes. We are.”

When we say it, it’s a whisper, like the name itself is to be cherished. “SupaCon.”

We take the final steps towards the building.

Crowds of cosplayers line the entrances.

I smile at those who look my way.

My geeky kindred spirits.

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"Jen Wilde's book about two best friends—one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety—will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." —Bustle

Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us.” —Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub

"This celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal

"I had a really long and rough week, and this book was exactly what I needed to escape into on Friday night. It is fun, powerful, geeky, sweet, and cool. This, to me, is truly a book that accurately describes an example of what it is to be living in this time. . . . I encourage your nerdy, awkward, lovable, powerful self to pick it up! #LoveYourWeird" —Book Nerds Across America

"I’m so blown away by how much fun this book was to read. Super adorable romance, really diverse and relatable characters, wonderful writing, this book has it all." —Bibliophile Gathering

“It was a delightful read. … This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!” —brio, Swoon Reader

“This is the first book I’ve ever read that I see myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. … I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I’ve read in years.” —Mandy.Valentine, Swoon Reader

"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn’t stop reading once I started.” —Lucy.Mawson, Swoon Reader

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Jen Wilde on Sept. 30, 2015, 6:53 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Awww thanks Mike! Your support means the world to me <3

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Chen Yan Chang on Sept. 30, 2015, 3:14 a.m. said:

Chen Yan Chang


- WHAT HAPPENS AT SUPACON was a fun and geektastic read! I love the variety of characters you’ve included from the bisexual, Chinese-Australian Charlie to Taylor, a not-so-thin girl with Asperger’s syndrome. I like how you have their POVs, showing the different sides of Supacon they are experiencing. Charlie is a star while Taylor is just a regular teenager. Their voices are great and different from each other.
- The beginning of the story is funny when these three friends describe the Supacon as the Holy Grail, Disneyland, and Graceland. It shows how this event is a big deal to them. And they get to experience a lot in this story in only a few days!
- I like how we get to know these characters through their dialogue. We don’t get lots of infodumps! Yay!
- I love the interaction between Taylor and Jamie. They are fun, funny, and cute together. It’s awesome of Jamie in trying to get Taylor to meet Skyler despite it being a fail. He cares about her and is willing to do anything for her.
- I feel for Taylor and her shyness and her fear of being in front of crowds. I don’t remember if you mentioned that she has Asperger’s Syndrome earlier in the story. I just remember Josie talking about it later on and later Taylor relates to her. So then I understood why Taylor is that way. Unless I missed it, maybe include her disorder earlier in the book. I thought she only gets panic attacks. For a while there, she was getting annoying, but I understood why now.
- Charlie writes books, makes vlogs, and acts in movies and is only 18. How does she do all these things and still go to school? Is she a very busy person? I feel you can take out the books or something and it would still work. Just a suggestion though. You don’t have to do it :D. Anyways, how did Charlie get into vlogs? And how did you get into a movie? I assume it’s from becoming famous through her vlogs.
- I love the interaction between Charlie and Alyssa. It’s cute to see them friendly and flirty.
- I feel there’s a lot of dialogue in this book. Maybe include more non-dialogue like thoughts and expositions.
- Aren’t the fans angry at Jase for cheating on Charlie? Why would they still want Charlie and Jase together if one of them did a bad thing to the other?
- The history of how the three became friends happens almost halfway into the book. Maybe make it earlier?
- I can relate to Charlie in being a Chinese-Western girl! I love how Charlie seems like a down to earth girl. She’s nice, positive, and a good friend. It seems fame hasn’t gone to her head and made her a diva!
- I like how Taylor and Josie talk about their Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s nice to see Taylor connect with someone with similar experiences. She can see that Josie has become a successful person despite the limitation. Taylor can do the same.
- In ch 16, the section where Alyssa talks about art and science, the description seems over the top: energy, dreaminess, passion…
- This maze sounds so much fun!
- Haha, Jamie says he would tweet on Taylor’s account with typos! I would hate that too!
- The kissing scene between Taylor and Jamie – the lines can be combined into a bigger paragraph rather than individual sentences as paragraphs. In fact, throughout the book, you tend to have one-sentence paragraphs which could be combined to form larger paragraphs.
- I like how Taylor is becoming a stronger person through these experiences at Supacon. She even helps and talks Brianna through a panic attack! I like how she makes a new friend outside of her BFFs Jamie and Charlie.
- I love the metaphor that Skyler is Taylor’s mushroom in Super Mario! So cute and clever!
- Ugh, Jase thinks Taylor is the bad guy and in the wrong for Chase fans? He was the one who cheated on her!
- Is there more after “inspiring”? That paragraph doesn’t seem conclusive or final to me for the book.
- Anyways, I had a lot of fun reading your story! I hope my feedback can be helpful!

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Jen Wilde on Sept. 30, 2015, 5:02 a.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Holy awesomeness! What incredible feedback!

I don’t even know where to begin, except to say a huge THANK YOU! I’m so excited that you enjoyed it so much and I love that you called it ‘geektastic’!

This is all so amazing! I’ll be sure to take note of all your suggestions and have them ready for the next edit.

One thing though, when you asked if it ends at ‘inspiring’, it doesn’t. That’s in Chapter 27, but there’s one more chapter after that and then a short final chapter. I just opened the story here on Swoon Reads and it glitches for a second, not showing the whole story, but then I refreshed it and the ending was there. Maybe try again? I’d hate for you to miss out on the ending!

I really, really appreciate that you took the time to write such a thoughtful, helpful comment. Thanks again! You ROCK! :D

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Chen Yan Chang on Sept. 30, 2015, 5:15 a.m. said:

Chen Yan Chang


Haha, I refreshed and was finally able to read the actual ending and it felt like an ending! :P. I love how it ends with Taylor's post on how she has changed and also accepts who she is!

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Chen Yan Chang on Sept. 30, 2015, 1:18 a.m. said:

Chen Yan Chang


What did you like about the story? Any suggestions on how the writer could improve it?

I love how you have diverse (race and sexuality) characters in this book. And with 2 POVs, we see the views of a rising star and a normal teenager. I think it's great that Charlie is still down to earth despite becoming famous! I would've liked to know more on how she got into vlogs and movies. She must've been a very busy teenage to do those things, write a book, and go to school! Anyways, I'll write more in a later comment :)

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Jen Wilde on Sept. 30, 2015, 1:30 a.m. said:

Jen Wilde


Chen Yan Chang, thank you SO much for reading, rating and commenting! I was so nervous submitting this because it's so different and also quite a personal story for me, so reading your comment has given me great relief and a lot of hope that maybe I did okay! :D I'm so glad you love the diversity in this. And I can definitely add in some more background on how Charlie got into vlogs and movies. Thanks for that suggestion! I'm looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts :D Thanks again!

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